change the world

It was a blast!  I left the office late in the afternoon, and was able to see just a handful of spots before my 6 PM appointment, but they were terrific.  First stop was on 2nd at South Park, a miniature golf course constructed by the Blnkt Collaborative.  There were two people on this three hole course, and half a dozen people hanging out having a great time.

Over to the Mission to Valencia Street.  My first stop, between 19th and 20th was at a very elaborate garden, planted with...

Friday, September 18th, 2009 is the fifth annual PARK(ing) Day in San Francisco.  This event started in 2005 by Rebar, an arts collective who took one metered parking spot and transformed it into a public park.  The event has grown into an international single day event with PARK (ing) spots in 6 continents registered on the community map.

I have stumbled upon some of these sites in the past, without really knowing what was up.  I saw one and thought, what a great mini-park. ...

I saw this video (on Twitter), and am really inspired and awed by the positive impact that design can have.  Watch the video, through to the end.  It profiles Emily Pilloton, the founder of Project H, who at the age of 26 founded this non-profit, with the belief that design can change the world.  She has enrolled hundreds of volunteers who want to make a positive social change in the world through design.

I just read an incredible article in Business Week, about a couple who decided in 2006 to spend a year living in the middle of New York City without making any negative environmental impact.  They lived on the ninth floor in their one bedroom apartment with a todler and used no electricity, no transportation, no coffee, no cell phone and made no purchases of anything other than locally grown food.  They continued this experiment for a year.  The result?  They cut their expenses in half, and...

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